Assistant Professor, Insect Ecology and Row Crops Pest Management at Auburn University

Assistant Professor, Insect Ecology and Row Crops Pest Management
Auburn University

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant Professor in Insect Ecology and Row Crops Pest Management. This is one of four new positions available in the department. The expected start date is August 16, 2014. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: This is a 9-month tenure track position (60% research, 40% instruction). Research responsibilities include developing and implementing a nationally recognized research program in Insect Ecology with emphasis on management of pests of row crops in Alabama (i.e. cotton, peanuts, soybeans and grains). Research areas can include basic or applied aspects of insect ecology, plant-insect interactions, vector-pathogen interactions, biological control, modeling the effects of climate change on insect populations, insect effects on bio-energy crops, or pest management. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding from sources such as NOAA, NSF, and USDA to support programs and summer salary, publish technical and refereed articles, and collaborate effectively with departmental faculty and colleagues in other disciplines. Instructional responsibilities will include teaching at least one Entomology course (e.g., Insect Ecology) for graduate/upper level undergraduate students. The candidate is also expected to assist with teaching of undergraduate entomology courses to non-majors. The department is deeply committed to graduate education, and the candidate will be expected to participate in the successful mentoring of graduate students and development and teaching of courses. In addition, departmental, college, and university committee service will be expected.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in Entomology, Ecology, Biology, or a related discipline by the position start date. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Successful candidates should have documented experience and/or demonstrated ability in developing an individual and collaborative research program resulting in peer-reviewed publications. Demonstrated subject matter knowledge in insect ecology and the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in entomology are required. Expertise in statistical modeling, plant-insect interactions, behavioral ecology, vector-pathogen interactions, biological control or pest management is desirable. In addition, the ideal candidate must possess excellent organizational and strong interpersonal skills to interact with diverse audiences. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in English. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin, and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Application: Applicants must complete an on-line application process at the following link: http://apptrkr.com/417834 and attach: a letter of application, current vita, statements of teaching and research philosophy, all academic transcripts (copies are acceptable, although originals are required prior to employment), and names, phone numbers and email addresses of at least three references when prompted. Only complete application materials will be considered. Active review of applications will begin on February 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure optimal consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to submit complete application materials by February 1, 2014.

For questions regarding the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Henry Fadamiro, at fadamhy@auburn.edu.

The University: Auburn University is a land-grant institution with a student enrollment of more than 25,000. The University provides instruction in approximately 70 academic departments and maintains graduate research and public service programs of a broad scope. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama near the metropolitan areas of Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, and Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia.

The Department: Information on the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology can be found at www.ag.auburn.edu/enpl/

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